Fantasy Baseball 2014: Waiver Wire Update 7/8
Fantasy Baseball 2014: Early-Week Waiver Wire Pickups
July 8, 2014
It’s Tuesday, and around here that means it’s time for the first of our biweekly waiver wire checkups in the fantasy baseball world. We’ve got our usual crop of trending players this morning, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers and see if anyone’s worth checking out in your league.
Jonathan Broxton, RP, Cincinnati Reds: Something strange is brewing in Cincinnati, and Broxton is trending because of it. He nabbed a save on Sunday, tossing a perfect frame against the Brewers. That move left people wondering what was wrong with the Reds’ established closer Aroldis Chapman. (He was supposedly unavailable due to a hamstring issue, but could have gone out there yesterday.)
Until we get some definitive information on Chapman’s injury status moving forward (and actually see him out on the mound proving it), it’s a good idea to pick up Broxton if you’re an owner there. He’ll get the call in the case of a switch-up.
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Carlos Martinez, SP/RP, St. Louis Cardinals: Now let’s move on to starting pitching and check out Martinez. He’s coming off a nice five-inning effort against San Francisco, posting one earned on five hits with a half-dozen strikeouts.
Martinez has a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP on the season, but it appears he’s moving in the right direction. He won’t chew up a whole bunch of innings, but should stay in there long enough to manage a win situation at home against Pittsburgh today.
Jason Vargas, SP, Kansas City Royals: Vargas closed out June with an ugly four-inning, six-earned effort, but bounced back nicely against Minnesota in his last appearance. He posted no earned on four hits in seven innings in that one, snagging the win while striking out five.
Vargas’ Angels game seems to have just been a hiccup, so he looks good for Tampa Bay today. On the season, he’s carrying a 3.32 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.
Justin Ruggiano, OF, Chicago Cubs: We’ve got a waiver wire blip coming from the North Side, and it’s been a while since we’ve been able to say that. Through the Washington series, Ruggiano had a five-game hit streak, logging four runs, two homers and seven RBI in that span. He posted two more hits yesterday to keep it going.
Perspective (deeper-league) owners will have to monitor the lineup cards to make sure Ruggiano is getting the playing time he needs to succeed. That said, there’s no reason not to pick him up if you’re down that far.
Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, Miami Marlins: McGehee has been red-hot over the past couple of weeks, and just about everyone in the fantasy community is taking notice. He posted seven hits, three runs and three RBI against the Cardinals in their three-game series. He nailed two more hits and a run yesterday.
McGehee won’t give you much in the way of steals or home runs, but he’s essentially got the market cornered on everything else. There’s no way you should ignore him.
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